Guided visits



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Come with your family for a moment of respite in one of the most beautiful hides in France. Our animators accompany you in this moment of discovery and answer your questions during french guided tours. During this getaway, you’ll enjoy the flight of the Black-tailed Godwit, the Lapwing’s cry and the Peregrine’s chase..

The nature reserve can only be visited on guided tours in French (2 hours – no booking required), on Discovery Sundays or events (no booking required).

La boutique LPO au Pôle des Espaces Naturels © RNN St Denis du Payré
Pôle des espaces naturels du Marais poitevin – © RNN Saint-Denis-du-Payré

Guided tour of the nature reserve

What to do when visiting

Firstly, you must go to the Pôle des Espaces Naturels located in the village of Saint-Denis-du-Payré (near the church), where you can buy tickets for the reserve, and where you can watch Philippe Garguil’s film “The 4 seasons of the nature reserve” (18 minutes).

Then you’ll need to drive to get to the reserve, which is 3 miles away. You’ll take a pathway on stilts (440 yards) to get to the hide, at any time of year, with no need for any specific equipment.

Useful Information

Access to the reserve is limited to the opening periods and hours
French guided tours
The nature reserve is accessible to people with reduced mobility
The best times of the day to visit are in the morning or in late afternoon, due to lighting conditions
Dogs are not allowed in the nature reserve
18 telescopes are available for the public to use in the hide

Un module tactile en bois permet de découvrir les espèces phares de la réserve : Bécassine des marais, Iris maritime, libellule, empreintes de loutre...

Crane © Benoit Perrotin

Prices for guided tours 2024
Adult6 € 50
Children (aged 7-17), students, jobseekers, disabled people5 €
Children under 7 years oldFree
Large family (3 children)23 €
Adult Migration Card (annual, valid only during opening periods)32 € 50
Reduced Migration Card (annual, nominative, valid only during opening periods)25 €